Operations Team

Shayne Gallagher

Shayne Gallagher

Founder, Executive Director

For more than 22 years, Shayne Gallagher has provided healing wilderness experiences for adolescents, young adults, and families. With his deep understanding of the innate therapeutic effects of a wilderness experience on the healing of young..
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Sheri Gallagher

Sheri Gallagher

Founder, Director of Operations

Sheri was born in Utah, however, typical of military families, her family moved a lot. The longest she lived in one place was 2½ years, which was in Mississippi. Her favorite places are Queens Fort in Rhode Island, Yuma, AZ, Kailua, HI and Fallbrook CA..
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Blaine Fisher

Blaine Fisher

Assistant Operations Director

With the exception of a two-year period in which Blaine spent performing service in Argentina, Blaine has worked continuously in the Wilderness Therapy industry since 1988. He began as a wilderness therapy field instructor and has more than 1500 "trail days..
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Jake Hartner

Jake Hartner

Field Director

The outdoors have been a healing component of Jake’s life since before he could identify it’s effects. His father took him camping every month as he grew up and it sparked his interest early in survival and self reliance. In college, Jake earned his bachelor's degree in..
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Clinical Team

Erin Grover, LCSW

Erin Grover, LCSW, MSW

Clinical Director

Erin Grover has spent the last ten years helping individuals and families grow and make positive changes. During her eight years in the wilderness-therapy industry she has served as a field instructor, field director, and assistant operations director. "There is no..
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Scott Hess, MA, LMFT

Scott Hess, MA, LMFT

Partner, Primary Therapist

Scott Hess began his career as a marriage and family therapist in 1996, working with juvenile sex offenders in locked facilities. That experience helped Scott discover and develop his profound gift for getting to the heart of core issues with even the most calloused..
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Chris Tarver, LCSW, MA-PSYCH

Chris Tarver, LCSW, MA-PSYCH

Primary Therapist

My experience treating adults, adolescents, children and families in Hospital Acute mental health (MH) and addiction (AD), Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient MH and AD, Residential Addiction Treatment, Wilderness Therapy, and Individual..
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Danielle Gagnon, MS, CMHC

Danielle Gagnon, MS, CMHC

Primary Therapist

Danielle has been lucky enough to work with adolescents and young adults in a wide range of settings for the last 6 years. Originally starting out in a residential setting, Danielle learned quickly how healing it is for clients to work in nature as well as with animals..
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Ryan Forbes

Ryan Forbes

Therapist

I have worked in the social service field for over 25 years. For the earlier part of my career I was primarily administration over developing staff and programs. In addition to my responsibilities in my local area, I served on Mental Health Alliance Board of Utah..
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Mary Zaunbrecher

Mary Zaunbrecher

Therapist

Mary began her studies in the counseling field with the intention of supporting others in personal growth and discovery through the use of alternative and creative therapies, and has continued to find power and meaning in the creative opportunities..
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Medical Team

Dale Christensen, MD

Dale Christensen, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Dale Christensen has been practicing emergency medicine for over 15 years and is currently a staff physician at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, UT. He joined our team in 2012 when one of his partners and mentors, Dr. Keith..
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Jake Roberts, APRN

Jake Roberts, APRN

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Jake's formal education consists of an AS Degree from Dixie State University, a BSN Degree from Southern Utah University, and a MSN Degree, a APRN Psychiatric, and BC from the University of Utah. Jake is also a licensed APRN in the State of Utah. His work..
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Admissions Team

Christopher Black, BSN, RN

Christopher Black, BSN, RN

Director of Admissions

Chris had his first experience of wilderness in high school. He signed up for a week long survival course in the Escalante area of Utah. He loved it so much he did it the following year as well. His sister was sent to a wilderness program in Arizona where he was..
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Andrew Perkins

Andrew Perkins

Admissions

Andrew was born in raised in Kanab, Utah and spent his childhood exploring the vast landscapes of southern Utah with his 5 siblings. After high school, he headed to Provo, Utah to attend college at Utah Valley University, although he returned home each..
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Teague Perkins

Teague Perkins

Admissions

Teague brings 9 years of wilderness therapy experience to the WinGate team. Teague was introduced to wilderness therapy as a student of WinGate in 2010. For WinGate, she has worked as a transporter, transport coordinator, field instructor, office..
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